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Ethics Courses

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Students must complete 3 credits in ethics from this approved list of University offerings.  (One 3-credit course or a combination of 1-credit courses will meet the requirement.) Students may choose from a variety of courses in several liberal arts disciplines. Students who wish to propose another course for consideration should write to the Director.

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Spring 2017: 1-Credit Honors/Ethics Courses

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ENGL 197H (1 cr) Anti-Portraits in Modern Literature and Visual Arts - ethics course 

Paterno Fellow Visiting Scholar Kamilla Pawlikowska, Seikei University, Tokyo

The course will introduce students to debates from the 19th and 20th centuries over the connection between the human face and human character in modern art and literature. In particular, it will examine differences between representations of the face in realism, the fantastic and modernism. It will give students insights into the work of major figures from different cultures (for example, Nikolai Gogol, Edgar Allan Poe, Virginia Woolf, Charles Baudelaire) who challenged the connection and devised 'anti-portraits', of faces with blurred, fragmented or abstract features." Finally, this course will help the students understand why some critics considered modernist portraits (both textual and visual) to be dangerously subversive. Class meetings Tuesdays, February 7, 14, 21, and 28, 6:00-8:00 p.m.; and Thursday, March 2 5:00-10:00 p.m. 

Fall 2016: 1-Credit Honors/Ethics Courses

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PSYCH 197H (1 cr) Anxiety and Emotion Regulation - ethics course 

Paterno Fellow Visiting Scholar Yogev Kivity, Department of Psychology, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem

Anxiety disorders are the most prevalent class of psychological disorders with twelve-month prevalence estimates of 20%. Recent trends in understanding pathological anxiety have increasingly focused on the role of disruptions in emotion in the etiology, manifestation and treatment of pathological anxiety. Following a short introduction to anxiety disorders and emotion regulation, the course will explore the various emotion dysregulation models of anxiety disorder, their empirical evidence and their implications for the assessment and treatment of anxiety. Special attention will be given to critical evaluation of the emotion regulation theory of anxiety, and especially of its overemphasis of intra-personal processes of emotion regulation. Students will have an opportunity to visit a research lab that is focused on studying emotion regulationClass meetings Wednesdays, October 5, 12, 26, and November 2, 4:00-6:00 p.m.; Cole Emotion Regulation Lab visit Thursday, October 20, 3:30-5:00 p.m.

RL ST 197H (1 cr) Ethics of Climate Change - ethics course

Jonathan Brockopp, Associate Professor of History and Religious Studies, Penn State

Pope Francis's encyclical on the environment "Laudato Si'" has brought attention to the broader ethical issues involved in responding to climate change. This course will introduce students to the central issues of justice and moral culpability as the world begins to grapple with a phenomenon that is rapidly changing the world as we know it. Students will undertake a collaborative project, focused on Penn Staters responding to climate change right now. Class meetings M W 3:00–5:00 p.m. on October 17, 21, 24, 28, 31, and November 4; 3:007:00 p.m. on November 14; Participation in climate change conference on October 30 optional but encouraged

Spring 2016: 1-Credit Honors/Ethics Courses

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CMLIT / RUS 197H (1 cr) Conspiracy Theories and Contemporary Culture - ethics course

Paterno Fellow Visiting Scholar Alexander Panchenko, Professor of Anthropology, European University of St. Petersburg, Russia, and Institute of Russian Literature, Russian Academy of Sciences

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Conspiracy theories are a powerful explanatory model, or way of thinking, that influences many cultural forms and social processes throughout the contemporary world. Generally defined as "the conviction that a secret, omnipotent individual or group covertly controls the political and social order or some part thereof," conspiracy theories include a number of principal ideas and concepts that make them adaptable to a broad variety of discourses and forms of collective imagination. This course engages a variety of approaches to conspiracy theories, from anthropology, history, sociology, to cultural studies, and addresses a broad spectrum of conspiratorial narratives, including examples from present day Russia. Proceeding from the necessity to explain and localize evil as a social and moral category, conspiracy theories produce ethical models that oppose us to them, victims to enemies, and heroes to anti-heroes. Class meetings Wednesdays, March 16, 23, 30, 6:00-8:00 p.m.; and April 6, 6:00-10:00 p.m. 

RL ST 197H (1 cr) Ethics of Climate Change - ethics course

Jonathan Brockopp, Associate Professor of History and Religious Studies, Penn State

Pope Francis's encyclical on the environment "Laudato Si'" has brought attention to the broader ethical issues involved in responding to climate change. This course will introduce students to the central issues of justice and moral culpability as the world begins to grapple with a phenomenon that is rapidly changing the world as we know it. Students will undertake a collaborative project, focused on Penn Staters responding to climate change right now. Class meetings M W 3:00–5:00 p.m. 2/8/16–2/26/16; Final 3/14/15 7:00 p.m.

 

 

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Other Courses of Interest to Paterno Fellows

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Spring 2016

CMLIT 197 / A&A 197B (3 cr) Experimental Arts  - ethics course

Jonathan Eburne, Associate Professor of Comparative Literature and English; and Amy Dupain Vashaw, Audience and Program Development Director, Center for the Performing Arts

This course marks the centenary of the Cabaret Voltaire in Zurich, the radically experimental cabaret that launched the wartime Dada movement and galvanized the anarchic spirit of European avant-garde art movements. This course studies the contemporary legacies of experimentalism across artistic media. Beyond surveying the history of experimental arts, the course offers students a chance to study and practice "experimental forms of artistic production, as well as arts management, organization, and administration as well. Some of our visitors will address these ideas explicitly, and we also collaborate with members of local and Penn State arts institutions (including the Palmer, the PAC, and several student groups, for instance) to bring students into contact with active practitioners of experimental arts organizations.  

CMLIT 297A / THEA 297B / ART H 297A (3 cr) Performing Activism: Art, Media, Affect and Social Change  - ethics course

Serap Erincin, Postdoctoral Scholar, Institute for the Arts and Humanities

Through works of dance, theatre, performative writing, media and performance art and public demonstration, artists and activists theorize and practice performance (broadly construed) as a means for social justice, Artistic and social performances about racial, ethnic, and gender inequalities and conflict, state oppression and violence, and other injustices bring visibility to the issues they address. In this course, we will engage with critical and philosophical texts that deal with activist performances, especially those concerning disenfranchised populations. We will read authors who provide theoretical frameworks, authors who pose global questions through case studies, and authors who pursue thematic approaches at the intersection of social justice and performance studies scholarship. We will also discuss activist performances, especially those by or that advocate for minorities and women.

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ENGL 202B.012 Honors (3 cr) Writing in the Humanities: Adult Literacy ~ includes internship credits or service hours

English 202B.012 (formerly ENGL 202H) is an honors-level writing course that engages students in an active and in-depth examination of literacy, focusing on areas such as history, social movements, politics, gender, socioeconomic status, ethnicity, theories of learning and teaching, and the future of literacy. In addition, the course provides students with the opportunity to work with adult learners, supporting them as they strive to improve their own literacy skills. Students will also receive 3 credits for L A 495, which may be used to fulfill either the Paterno Fellows Internship or Service requirement. For additional information, visit the course website or contact Lorena Waselinko at .

ENGL 397 (1.5 cr) E-Portfolio Writing and Design (previously offered as L A 397A)

E-portfolio Writing and Design is a web-based course for 5th semester students and above to develop and refine their college e-portfolios. This course includes considerations of platform selection, audience analysis, arrangement strategies, and portfolio writing style. Instructor conferences and peer review are the primary course activities. This course is required for Paterno Fellows beginning with the 2014-15 cohort, in order to complete the e-Portfolio. The e-Portfolio is an option for previous classes of PFs. Whether required for PFP or not, having a polished e-Portfolio is to your benefit as you apply for jobs or graduate school.

 

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Honors Courses

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Schreyer Honors College maintains a searchable list of honors courses, and provides detailed definitions of honors courses and honors options.

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